NASA: Most Powerful Telescope Ever Sent to Mars Tracks Curiosity Rover's Climb Up Mount Sharp

 

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Using the most powerful telescope ever sent to Mars, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught a view of the Curiosity rover this month amid rocky terrain of Mount Sharp towering three miles above the ancient lakeshore of Gale Crater. 

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"Living Organisms?" --Scientists Create 4-Dimensional Models of Earth's Cities

 

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Several thousand years ago the evolution of social organizations in the form of cities brought a new dynamic to the planet that seems to be uniquely human: People actually do walk on average faster in larger cities whereas heart rates decrease as animal size increases. With the city, it seems, mankind has created an "organism" operating beyond the bounds of biology, said Geoffrey West, theoretical physicist , former president of the Santa Fe Institute and Stanford University faculty member who led the particle theory group at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Red Dots Mission: The New Hunt for Earth-Like Planets Orbiting Nearby Red Dwarf Stars --"Could Harbor Life a Billion Years Older Than Earth's" (VIDEO)

 

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The recent discovery of Proxima b1, a habitable Earth-mass planet next to the nearest star, opened a unique opportunity in the search for extra-terrestrial life. It is much easier to study nearby habitats for life, either by remote sensing of the feeble radiation signals from biologically-produced molecules (e.g. oxygen) or by sending spacecrafts that will image the planet’s surface or collect samples from its atmosphere through a close encounter.

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China Launches Foundation for the Quantum Internet --"Surges Ahead of Other World Powers" (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)

 

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China has scored a huge win against hackers and spooks as it surges ahead of other world powers in a new kind of space race. By launching quantum-enabled satellites, China has set the foundation for a super secure network that uses an encryption technique based on the principles of a field known as quantum communication.

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"Milky Way Galaxy is Dominated By Two Types of Alien Worlds" --Rocky Earth-Like Planets and Gas-Enshrouded Mini-Neptunes

 

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New research from Caltech shows that our galaxy has a strong preference for two types of planets: rocky planets up to 1.75 times the size of Earth, and gas-enshrouded mini-Neptune worlds, which are from 2 to 3.5 times the size of Earth (or somewhat smaller than Neptune). Our galaxy rarely makes planets with sizes in between these two groups.

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NASA Alert: Kepler Mission Finds 10 New Earth-Sized Planets in Habitable Zone --"Will Help Future Missions Image Our Twin"

 

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"The Kepler data set is unique, as it is the only one containing a population of these near Earth-analogs – planets with roughly the same size and orbit as Earth," said Mario Perez, Kepler program scientist in the Astrophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate. "Understanding their frequency in the galaxy will help inform the design of future NASA missions to directly image another Earth."

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EcoAlert: Mysterious Hot Spots of the Ice Age --"CO2 Tipping Points Caused Abrupt Paleoclimate Temperature Shifts"

 

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"This does not necessarily mean that a similar response would happen in the future with increasing CO2 levels, since the boundary conditions are different from the ice age," added by Professor Gerrit Lohmann, leader of the Paleoclimate Dynamics group at the Alfred Wegener Institute. "Nevertheless, our study shows that climate models have the ability of simulating abrupt changes by gradual forcing as seen in paleoclimate data."

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Super-Earths 10 Times More Massive than Earth --"Magnetic Fields Could Allow Them to Harbor Life"

 

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With the discovery of thousands of planets beyond the solar system, scientists are eager to learn if rocky "super-Earths," up to 10 times more massive than Earth, might also be able to harbor life.

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(WATCH TODAY JUNE 19) Live Streamed Via NASA TV --"Kepler Mission to Reveal New Planet Discoveries"

 

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While NASA and the JPL have disclosed little information about the findings, the new results from the Kepler mission are said to be ‘the most complete and reliable accounting of distant worlds. Scientists from the Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, as well as the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Caltech will speak at the event on Monday as they reveal the latest planet candidate results.

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